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Kermadec Log Video

Kermadec logAnother stunning video by my good mate Bruce Foster (with odd snippets by Liz and myself … and the tricky underwater bits by  NOAA, Neptune Resources Ltd, NIWA and GNS.). This was 1st played at the opening of the Kermadec exhibition in Auckland. To me it really capures the experience of the trip. Stunning Brucie! Definitely go full screen and put on the headphones.

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Exhibition to go to Tonga and Wellington

Great news! Bronwyn Golder from Pew announced yesterday that the Kermadec exhibition has two more venues lined up.

In May a scaled back show will be heading to Tonga to be hosted by the NZ High Commission. Some of the artists will also travel there for a week of events and workshops.

In October the full show (or yet another evolution of it) will travel to Wellington’s City Gallery. As a Welly boy I couldn’t be more excited that local friends, family and supporters will finally get a chance to see it.

There is also going to be an offshoot show at the National Library in Auckland opening in April. More detail about that closer to the date.

And there are also rumors that we may go to Germany … Crikey!

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Kermadecs exhibition now open in Auckland

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The Kermadec exhibition opened in Auckland’s Edmiston Gallery last night. It was a big night to a packed audience and feedback has be extremely positive already.

‘Kermadec’ showcases a diverse collection of artworks from nine leading South Pacific artists inspired by their voyage to the Kermadec region of New Zealand in May 2011.

The show runs from 15 February to 1 July 2012

Edmiston Gallery/Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, Tel: +64 9 373 0800

Read more on the maritime museum website

More about the Kermadec project

Kermadec exhibition in Auckland

After a very successful time in Tauranga Art Gallery, the Kermadec exhibition is in the process of being installed in the Voyager New Zealand Maratime Museum exhibition space in Auckland ready to be opened to the public next week.

It is open from the 15th of Feb until the 1st of July. A fantastic opportunity to see the work of some superb NZ artists and learn about one of the most unique places on the planet.

Kermadecs in Auckland

Interviews with the Kermadec artists

Wellington based photographer & documentary maker Bruce Foster has produced some fantastic short videos from his interviews with each of the artists after the Kermadec trip. Some great insights into the artists as the reflect on the trip and Kermadec region.

These videos are showing at the current exhibition in the Tauranga Art Gallery.

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View the videos – Make sure you go full screen … they are worth seeing big.

Kermadec book on sale on Monday

To accompany the exhibition Tauranga Art Gallery and Pew  have produced a stunning 144page  hardback book featuring the work of all nine artists that went to Raoul Island in May.

The book launched this Monday at 6pm. Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington. Come along and meet the artists. Unity Books website $40 NZD of arty goodness!


If $40 is a bit rich for your liking you can also read about the Kermadec voyage in the summer edition of ArtNews.

Kermadec Exhibition Opening @ Tauranga Art Gallery

The Kermadec exhibition has finally had it’s official opening at Tauranga Art Gallery.

The evening went really well with all nine artists, our fellow seariders, friends and supporters present along with a couple of hundred guests. Oh yeah … there was some bloody nice work there too.

 A real highlight of the opening ceremony was a Tongan dance troupe performed two stunning examples of contemporary Tongan dance. I have loaded up a rough video of the performances. The dancers are: Ofa Prescott-Tuionetoa, Ruha Fifita and Nisyola Fifita. In the background is one of Robin Whites stunning Tapas. Please excuse some shaky moments in the video – I was enjoying the show too much to concentrate on the camera – sometimes you have to put enjoying the moment ahead of recording it!

The exhibition is open in Tauranga until Sunday 5 February 2012 then moves to Auckland.



Encounters at City Gallery

The Kermadec artists all spoke at City Gallery in Wellington last week. It was a great success with a talk to school groups in the afternoon and invited guests in the evening. It was fantastic to see everyone again (this the the first time the full “Kermadec 9” have been together since the trip).

Our sponsor Pew produced a small book as a precursor to the the exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery  in November (download it as a PDF here). It features artist statements and work in progress.

Artists on air

Radio New Zealand Interview:

Listen this Sunday (19th June) to National Radio “Arts on Sunday” program to hear an interview between Lynn Freeman and Robin White, Elizabeth Thompson and myself about the Kermadec trip. Lynn thinks we will be on air at about 1:40pm (the show runs from 12-4pm).

Back from the Kermadecs

Well actually I have been back a few weeks now but things have been super busy (I think they will remain that way until the exhibition in November). It was a fantastic trip with a fantastic bunch of people. Over the next few weeks I will upload photos to tell the full story but for now it will be short and sweet.

The ship: This is how we got there – the HMNZS Otago. It took 2 days sailing to get to Raoul Island.

The crew (well the artists actually) From left to right: Jason O’hara (Me), Phil Dadson, Fiona Hall, John Pule, John Reynolds (The Swamp Creature) , Marcus Lush, Bronwen Golder (from PEW), Robin White, Elizabeth Thomson, Bruce Foster and Gregory O’Brien.

The Island: Land Ho! Our first sight of Raoul Island at 6am on the 3rd day at sea. Taken from the bridge of the Otago (the only room with windows on the ship). You can just see Phil standing on the deck.

It is still early days but I have seen drawings etc from some of the other artists … I think this is going to be a great show.

Watch this space!